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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series blazed a trail into the Lone Star State this weekend for another 500-mile duel. With the playoff spots dwindling, the urgency starts to ratchet up for the drivers still vying for the title. Kyle Busch locked in his spot with his win last week and Martin Truex Jr. has …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Martinsville

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second visit to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Technically, Halloween was still two days away but things got plenty spooky on the half-mile ,paperclip-shaped oval in southern Virginia. There’s a good chance one could ring the doorbell at any NASCAR team’s shop this week and walk away with …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Kansas

Martin Truex Jr. (Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Kansas Speedway this past weekend for the second chopping block of the playoffs. The goal: do whatever it takes to not be one of the bottom four drivers in the standings at the checkered flag. The playoff system currently in place leaves little room for mulligans and …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Talladega

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Fall is in the air as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trekked into Alabama this weekend for its second visit to Talladega Superspeedway of 2017. On the upside, at least there weren’t any cars in the air this time around. However, Talladega still chewed ’em up and spit em out faster than you can …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte

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Throughout the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there are numerous examples of a driver dominating at a certain track or type of track. What is unique about what we’ve seen at the mile-and-a-half speedways this year is that the dominant driver seemed destined for a career as an also-ran for nearly a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Dover

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Championship hopes were at stake for some of the drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs this weekend. The second visit to Dover served as the initial cutoff point, after which the lowest four drivers in the standings would be eliminated. Kyle Busch charged to the front in the closing laps, postponing Chase …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After New Hampshire

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the second event of the 2017 playoffs. Alas, it was likely the final time that the track will host a playoff event, as the race date moves to Las Vegas next season. Regardless of your opinion of the change, it’s always tough to …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Chicagoland

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This weekend kicked off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway. 16 drivers began their pursuit of the biggest prize in stock car racing. One driver is chasing his record setting eighth crown. Five more are after title number two. The other 10 are seeking to add a cup championship to their resumes. …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Richmond

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

This weekend marked the final opportunity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to earn their shot at the playoffs. 13 drivers arrived at Richmond Raceway with a win (well, the unencumbered kind), which left three more nervously hanging on to the top 16. The final three were far enough ahead in points to …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Darlington

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series were kicking it old school this weekend for the annual visit to Darlington Raceway. The throwback celebration has been a massive hit with both fans and competitors alike since its inception three years ago. From the retro paint schemes and uniforms to the outdated attire throughout …

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